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Friday Fun Poll: What motivates how you spend most of your time on transit?

Friday Fun Poll: What motivates how you spend most of your time on transit?

This is a follow up to the “How do you spend most of  your time on transit?” poll conducted on the blog in September. Now that we know what Buzzer blog readers are doing on transit, what’s the motivation behind it? I’m curious how people view their time on transit. Is it time to relax, is it a time to communicate or is it a time to prepare yourself for what comes after the trip? Taking public transit isn’t just about going from a to b, it’s something many of us do every day. So finding out how you view this time is kinda interesting!

Is she relaxing or thinking about what she going to do after her trip?

Myself, I treat my time on transit differently than I used to. Before working at TransLink, transit time was either a time to relax (I’d usually read or simply zone out) or to prepare for what was going to happen after I got off the bus, SkyTrain or SeaBus (I don’t use West Coast Expres… yet). Now, thanks to technology, transit time is work time. Checking emails, reading blogs and writing can all be done on my phone or laptop. Since I don’t have to concentrate on where I’m going, I’m free to cram in as much work time as possible before my stop.

Now I want to know what motivates you to stare out the window, people watch, listen to music, etc. If you answered the last poll by indicating that you mostly stare out the window while on transit, you might answer this poll stating that you want to relax, daydream or think about what you’ll do after your trip. If you listen to music mostly on transit, answering this poll might be more difficult. Do you do it because you want to escape, be entertained or relax?

I’ve tried to keep the answers somewhat broad since drilling down to specifics would leave too many options. If you think there are other potential answers that one of these choices just doesn’t cover, pick the closest answer available, and leave your thoughts in the comments section. Also, I think the comment section can really help explain if people treat their time on transit differently than other times in their life. Is transit time a special time for you? Is your time on transit a relaxing time because it’s the only time in the day that you can knit that toque you can’t wait to finish or get to the next level of Angry Birds?

I can’t wait to see the results!

What motivates how you spend most of your time on transit?

  • I want to relax (33%, 50 Votes)
  • I want to rest (16%, 24 Votes)
  • I want to escape (15%, 23 Votes)
  • I want to be entertained (15%, 23 Votes)
  • I want to prepare for what I'm doing after my trip (14%, 21 Votes)
  • I want to work (3%, 5 Votes)
  • I want to be around other people (3%, 4 Votes)
  • I want to meet new people (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I want to communicate (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 151